The state’s largest Union Council elected Mr. James Maravelias to take over for the retiring Sam Lathem as President.
Mr. Maravelias said his main goal as head of the state branch of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is to get the Unions back on a strong footing in Delaware.
“I want to get the membership engaged,” Mr. Maravelias said. “They have been pretty disappointed over the years. They have just been neglected.”
Currently, Mr. Maravelias serves as President of the Delaware Building Construction Trades Council, a role he will continue to occupy. The Delaware Building Construction Trades Council, representing 23 affiliated local unions, is a professional organization advocating for the use of local, skilled tradesmen with developers, builders, contractors and Delaware’s business community. Additionally, he is the elected Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer of Laborers’ Local 199 and Business Manager of the Laborers’ District Council of Delaware.
The son of a Greek immigrant and first generation American, Mr. Maravelias proudly served in the United States Navy. Following his military service, Mr. Maravelias worked for Sikorsky Aircraft, traveling the world as an Electrical and Avionics Technician.
True to his heritage and entrepreneurial spirit, he managed an import and export company specializing in goods from his family’s native country of Greece. Mr. Maravelias played semi-professional soccer in his family homeland and continues to be involved in Delaware’s Greek-American community as a member of the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association and past Church Treasurer and later 2nd. Vice President and current board member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
Mr. Maravelias earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the National Labor College and studied at Cornell University. He has volunteered his time to a broad array of civic causes including the United Way of Delaware, the USS John Fitzgerald Kennedy Naval Memorial Committee, the New Castle County Diversity Board and the 27th Democratic Representative District Committee.
He resides with his wife Diane in Caravel Farms. Together, they reside in Bear, Delaware and raised 3 daughters — Angelique, Elena, and Evangelia.